I realize I haven’t done a typical look-what-my-child-has-been-up-to post in a while. There are a couple reasons. At some point I think for general blogging purposes the monthly updates get silly. I mean, I don’t think I’ll be saying look at Hailey’s 37th month update! Maybe I’ll switch them to every few months. Plus I can’t control myself and squeeze Hailey in fairly consistently anyway. The other reason is that all I really have to say about her at this point sounds like sunshine and rainbows. I really have no complaints right now. Isn’t that annoying? Yes, I thought so. But you guys, just look at this face!
Pardon the redundancy, but this is my favorite age yet. Over the past couple months Hailey has turned into a little person. A little person with opinions, who plays games and repeats every word we say. She says too many words to count now, though some words might take repeated exposure for those not fluent is Hail-ese to understand. For example, sandals come out more like an-dahs and thank you sounds a bit more like tink-two. It’s as cute as it sounds like it might be. She also says Yeah! and sounds like an excited teenager. I’m working on turning that into Yes, please.
Speaking of words, Hailey often practices to herself. We’ll be driving and I’ll hear her saying duck quack quack while playing with her stuffed duck or she’ll look at herself in the mirror and point out nose, ears, eye, etc. At home, she likes to point things out and make us say them, too. We spend a lot of time saying mama, dada, Hailey, Koda, shoulder, knee, freckle…. you get the point.
Oh, and I love that she says her own name now. A-yee.
She also gives the best hugs. I’m talking arms-wrapped-around-the-neck and squeeze tight kind of hugs. I get one every morning when I get her out of the crib and it makes my day. She’s such a happy and loving girl. She likes to tell strangers hi, then waves and says BYE-EE whenever she leaves.
Tantrums have almost disappeared at this point (though I have no doubt they will be back, especially after throwing this tantrum-free announcement out to the world). I think the higher level of understanding and communication has helped.
She also has fallen in love with her bay-bee. It’s my Cabbage Patch doll from when I was a baby and she loves her. I know some people believe parents push gender rolls, but I think some of it comes naturally. Hailey loves to pick baby up, pat her back and say shh shh. She also pushes her around in her cozy coupe and feeds her dinner. She insists on giving baby real food. I oblige.
She likes to pick up her toys and line up items.Will she always stay this organized?
For the more hard facts, Hailey still goes to bed at 7:00pm. She wakes up around 7:30am, but plays in her crib quietly until I get her up at 8:00am. She naps once a day and it’s creeping back now to around 12:15pm/12:30pm because this keeps happening.
She usually she sleeps for 2 hours. She’s eating well, when she isn’t teething (she has all but the second year molars). I’m guessing she weighs around 25 pounds. She wears size 18-24m and 2T. People say she looks tall. I hope she grows taller than my 5’1”! Her shoe size is 5. She’s still in diapers (size 4) though I am playing with the idea of potty training this summer.
Basically, everything is really good right now. Sure, some days I leap with excitement for the extra hands when David gets home, but those days are few and forgotten quickly. Mostly I try to soak up the fun and abundance of love this age brings. Still, by the end of most days we both look like this-
New parents, hang in there. By 20 months you will forget the pains of childbirth, the sleepless nights and the plethora of diaper changes. You’ll still cherish nap time (I know I do!!), but the busy days are filled with so much laughter.
What is/was your favorite age?